Skåne European Office in Brussels

Skåne European Office is the Brussels representative office of the self-governing Regional Authority in Skåne; the southernmost Swedish region.

The main mission of the office is to strengthen the visibility of the region both vis-à-vis the EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels.

Task and priorities of Skåne European Office

The aim of the office is to promote growth and development in Skåne through linking the regional authority and stakeholders closer to European development and policy. The office monitors and reports on EU affairs and strives to include Region Skåne in the political discussions in Brussels where relevant.

Through close cooperation with different stakeholders in Skåne, the office aims to facilitate and foster participation from Skåne in European partnerships. Related to this we offer our home organisation information and advice on EU funding opportunities and programs.

The priorities for Skåne European Office follow closely those of Region Skåne. Most activity is within the EU policy areas of Health and social innovation, Research and innovation, Cohesion Policy and Environment, Energy, Transport and Culture Policies.

Innovation and Internationalisation

Region Skåne has set a goal for Skåne to become the most innovative region in Europe by 2020. Internationalisation has been identified as key to this aim. Through active participation in the Öresund regional development, within the STRING cooperation (with Region Zealand and Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg) and in the active efforts to implement and develop the Baltic Sea Strategy, Skåne invests in cooperation with regions across the borders.

Skåne is also an active member of CPMR – Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions and presently heads its research and innovation workgroup.

As a consequence Skåne European Office works actively to ensure that Skåne can be actively involved in the implementation of the Innovation Union. Together with the universities in Skåne we strive to follow the research and innovation agenda in Brussels. Region Skåne participates since more than a year in the work of the Smart Specialisation Platform. We follow the European Innovation Partnerships closely and are an active partner within the Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

The Brussels office is an active member of ERRIN – European Regions for Research and Innovation Network and of EUREGHA – European Regions Health Network. The office has a member on the board of EUREGHA and the network's secretariat is since 2012 and throughout 2013 located within Skåne European Office.

Location and contact

Skåne European Office is located in "Sweden House" on Rue du Luxembourg 3, close to the European quarters in Brussels.

Stakeholders from Skåne as well as European partners are welcome to take advantage of our spacious and modern office space and meeting room facilities. The office can be contacted through Contact or directly to one of the collaborators.

ECHAlliance

The European Connected Health Alliance delivers leadership for the development of Connected and mHealth markets and practice across Europe.

The ECHAlliance and Region Skåne work together at a strategic level to promote connected health initiatives.

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